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Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation

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This new study, drawing on the latest research, tells the story of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenatenâs religious revolution in the fourteenth century BC. Beginning at the regimeâs high-point in his Year 12, it traces the subsequent collapse that saw the deaths of many of the kingâs loved ones, his attempts to guarantee the revolution through co-rulers, and the ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 30th 2018 by The American University in Cairo Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jo Burl
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I haven't quite finished this book, I feel compelled to write a review. I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is great, the ideas pretty sound, and I only took one star away because some of the illustrations are hard to really examine without a magnifying glass - at least for these middle aged eyes, and because the book doesn't go into quite enough depth. To be fair in the preface, the author, Aidan Dodson forewarns that some of us may complain that he doesn't go into enough ...more
Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
If you have a foundation of basic knowledge regarding Egyptology or ancient Egyptian history, there is much to love in this book. As a big skeptic and promoter of rational thought, I must admit that Dodson rather won me over and primed me to agree with him by admitting in his foreword that he was once on a different thought-bandwagon but changed his position on certain aspects of Amarna Egyptology when new or better evidence was found. I like a person who can admit to having an open and flexible ...more
Iset

Amarna Sunset was pretty much what I’d been hoping for after the disappointments I had with Amarna Sunrise. The one down side is that neither book really deals with the height of Akhenaten’s reign in depth. But on the whole, this ticked a lot more boxes. It thoroughly addresses the key debates in Amarna studies. Having read Sunrise first – which was actually published after Sunset – I did notice that some of the arguments were repeated and expanded upon here in Sunset, but that is purely a conse
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Chris
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, history-egypt
Interesting and easy enough read for a layman. Have to say, however, that the illustrations do not translate well in the Kindle edition. Very washed out.

Still I learned much about Tut, Horemheb, and Ay. Good look at issues of conflict.
Elli
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had purchased this in Cairo along with a number of other books on Ancient Egypt. The Amarna story is the tale of a fascinating "experiment" in monotheism that ended in disaster for the Royal family while upending the social structure of Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt. Dodson did well to bring together the many sources, theories and even clearing conjecture surrounding the sputtering out of the flame that began with Akhenaten. The book includes a very handy table in the Appendices that lets readers s ...more
Bruce
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This and the other book, Amarna Sunrise, provide a fact based introduction to the rise and fall of the Amarna period. So much regarding this period is based on weakly supported speculation. These books provide a clear catalog of the supporting evidence.

I highly recommend these two book, Texts from the Amarna period in Egypt by William Murname and Barry Kemp's The City of Akhenaten for an evidence based understanding of the Amarna period.

Marguerite
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to the Amarna period of ancient Egypt!
Lisa
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I will say is that isn't a book about Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and largely glosses over Akhenaten's revolution to focus on the issue of the Amarna succession, from the shadowy Smenkhkare to the restorer Horemheb. So don't pick this up if you want another take on Akhenaten. Since I'm currently interested in Akhenaten's successors, this was the right book for me.

Rightly or wrongly, Dodson assumes that readers will have knowledge of the "early" Amarna period, providing a very brief
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Rob Roy
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 22-ancient-egypt
Much has been written about this period, and much of that unscholarly at best. Aidan Dodson gives an excellent overview of the Amarna period debunking much, and clearly defining the scholarly debates still underway. I loved this book but I am an ancient Egypt nut. If you are only a casual reader of this period, I would recommend a more friendly book. If you are caught up in the “he was the first monotheist” school, read it and learn that what is popular is not always true.
Mercurybard
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, egypt
Dodson does a good job of at least mentioning the many theories out there involving the pharoahs who following the Heretic King to the throne of Egypt...some of which I hadn't heard before. There is a bias there, true, but it was a calm, educated, and novel one.
Robert
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read into the royal culture and tumult immediately following the death of Akhenaten. Must-read for anyone interested in that period.
Leena Maria
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egyptology
Dodson's book are among my favorites. He raises interesting theories and all his books about the Amarna era are excellent.
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